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Hand Injuries and Conditions


Hand injuries and conditions—from carpal tunnel syndrome to rheumatoid arthritis—can be mildly irritating or severely debilitating. Whether mild or severe, they often inhibit a person’s ability to live his or her life fully. In some cases, a person may not be able to work, play with children or grandchildren, dress themselves, or enjoy recreational and daily activities.

At Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, our reconstructive hand surgeons can restore hands so that patients can return to the lives they enjoyed before an injury or disease disabled them.

What you need to know:

  • When a hand injury or condition becomes severe, surgery can restore function and alleviate pain.
  • The most common conditions requiring surgical intervention are carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.
  • Hand surgery can include operating on the hand, as well as the lower arm up to the elbow.
  • Additional hand conditions that may require surgery include: abnormally shaped fingers or hands, amputations, ganglion cysts, DeQuervain’s disease, dupuytren’s contracture, flexor tendon injuries, fractures, lacerations, mallet finger, missing fingers, nailbed injuries, polydactyly (extra fingers), reflex sympathetic dystrophy, syndactyly (webbed fingers), tendonitis, trigger finger, ulnar nerve compression and vascular disorders.
  • Joint reconstruction surgery replaces the arthritic surface with soft tissue, like a tendon, or a joint replacement implant. This surgery can relieve the pain of arthritis while preserving mobility of the joint. The reconstructive surgeon consults with the patient and other doctors to determine what type of surgery would be the best solution for the patient’s needs.

Why choose Johns Hopkins?

Fellowship training in hand surgery, after specializing in surgery and completing residencies in plastic and reconstructive surgery, allows us to perform any kind of surgery needed to correct injuries and conditions in the hand and lower arm.

All of our reconstructive surgeons have learned about and, in many cases, developed and taught the latest and most effective surgical techniques. In addition, because they work at Johns Hopkins, they can call on any other kind of medical expertise needed right at the facility, from orthopedists and rheumatologists to neurologists and pediatricians.

The Center for Upper Extremity Restoration

At Johns Hopkins, we treat hand and arm injuries and defects with the newest and most innovative technologies and procedures. The Center for Upper Extremity Restoration (CUER) offers comprehensive care with a multidiscplinary medical team including in plastic and reconstructive surgeons, trauma and critical care surgeons, orthepedicorthopaedic surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, as well as engineers and dedicated researchers.

Our Surgeons

Our surgeons specialize in carpal tunnel, arthritis and other hand conditions. 

Hand Burn Reconstruction

Hand Transplant and Arm Transplant Team


Physician Assistants

  • Samantha Moran, PA-C

    Samantha Moran, PA-C
  • Raven Morris, PA-C

    Raven Morris, PA-C


Ian Powelson, M.D.

Hand and Upper Extremity Fellow

Ian Powelson, M.D.

Hand Transplant and Arm Transplant Nurse

Jane Littleton, R.N.

Jane Littleton, R.N.
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